Cadet Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is available to all cadets, in both the academy and the college. We are committed to the success and personal growth of each cadet by providing effective, professional, and confidential counseling on issues which may inhibit a cadet’s ability to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually while at VFMAC. The Counseling Center supports VFMAC’s emphasis on character development by offering ethically-minded, culturally sensitive individual and group counseling, as well as leadership opportunities for cadets. Valley Forge recognizes that adjustment problems, anxiety, depression, and identity issues are part of adolescent and young adult growth. The Counseling Center provides opportunities for cadets to explore these and other issues in a confidential setting. Counselors can assist cadets in enhancing their interpersonal relationships skills. Counselors at the Cadet Counseling Center are knowledgeable in the areas of adolescent depression, anxiety, motivation, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, anger management, stress, time management and other pertinent issues. The Counseling Center seeks to promote a healthy balance between the academic, emotional, and physical demands of being a cadet.
Short-term, solution focused counseling is available to all currently enrolled cadets
Groups are provided for tobacco cessation, drug and alcohol use, anger management, and other topics periodically throughout the year or on an as needed basis.
Assessment and Referral
Recommendations are available for off campus specialists and for cadets requiring long-term intensive counseling.
Concerned family members, faculty/staff, and fellow cadets are encouraged to contact counselors regarding concerns they may have about a cadet’s mental health.
Sessions are scheduled with cadet leader and staff/ faculty on pertinent topics i.e. suicide prevention training (QPR), sexual harassment and how to recognize a troubled cadet.
Speakers on a variety of mental health topics are brought to campus. Information is also made available to cadets in the Counseling Center waiting room as well as on campus during key dates throughout the academic year (I.E. Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week).
Biofeedback is a complementary and alternative therapeutic technique which teaches you to control your breathing and heart rate by using your mind. With biofeedback, you are connected to electrical sensors that help you measure and receive information (feedback) about your body (bio). The biofeedback sensors teach you how to make subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles to achieve the results you are looking for.
Cadets – Become a Peer Educator:
College cadets who are interested in helping to promote the mission of the Counseling Center are encouraged to become Certified Peer Educators, seek out federally funded work study positions in the Counseling Center or become involved as a cadet representative on a committee (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Task Force or the Wellness Committee).
Parents and Guardians, counselors are available to partner with you…
We can listen to your concerns. If you are worried about your cadet’s behavior or are concerned about a change in behavior please recommend they contact the Counseling Center.
We can make suggestions if you need them. If you are not sure about how to approach your cadet we can help you with the wording you might want to consider using.
We can reach out to your cadet who you believe may be struggling if your cadet has not sought out services on his/her own.
We can assist with recommendations/referrals for your cadet when they are returning home for the summer is they are in need of ongoing counseling.
To speak with an experienced staff member at the Counseling Center, please contact:
Mrs. Ruth Conboy
Phone: (610) 989-1225
Mr. Joe Kelly
Phone: (610) 989-1226
Ms. Danielle Turk
Phone: (610) 989-1227